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Batman: Arkham Asylum Looks Quite Hot

Check out the new trailer and screens, then just try to disagree. Betcha can't!

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Na na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na, Batman!

Oh, hello. I was just looking at the new trailer and screenshots released for Batman: Arkham Asylum today. I'd been tentatively kind of interested in the concept of the game--especially since EA's Dark Knight game apparently crashed and burned midway through development--but you just can't be too careful when licensed games are concerned. You can't let your hopes run away from you. That's a good way to get your heart broken.

But in this case, you should look at all this media too, because man, when did this start looking so good?


And trailer.

  



Best part for me is Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy laying down the voice work, sounding like the Joker and Batman oughta. Hard to say about the gameplay, though, since this trailer doesn't exactly give you a great idea what the in-game experience will be like, with all its off camera angles and lack of HUD. Looks like a generic Gears of War cover mechanic in there at one point. Anyway, at the least, Arkham Asylum has certainly risen quite a few spots on my "hey keep an eye on these games" list as of today.

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Posted by Brad
Adam West-approved!
Na na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na, Batman!

Oh, hello. I was just looking at the new trailer and screenshots released for Batman: Arkham Asylum today. I'd been tentatively kind of interested in the concept of the game--especially since EA's Dark Knight game apparently crashed and burned midway through development--but you just can't be too careful when licensed games are concerned. You can't let your hopes run away from you. That's a good way to get your heart broken.

But in this case, you should look at all this media too, because man, when did this start looking so good?


And trailer.

  



Best part for me is Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy laying down the voice work, sounding like the Joker and Batman oughta. Hard to say about the gameplay, though, since this trailer doesn't exactly give you a great idea what the in-game experience will be like, with all its off camera angles and lack of HUD. Looks like a generic Gears of War cover mechanic in there at one point. Anyway, at the least, Arkham Asylum has certainly risen quite a few spots on my "hey keep an eye on these games" list as of today.

Your thoughts?
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Posted by Breadfan

I wasn't too sure how this game would turn out, but it looks pretty awsome

Edited by RawShark

I love how it's like, this is on the Unreal engine, so Batman has to be MEGA EPIC BUFF.

Posted by ReyGitano

I'm still not sure about it myself, but I can say that this is what i want a batman game should look like.

Posted by CoreFire

The more I see the more I like for sure

Posted by CoreFire

The more I see the more I like for sure

Posted by cjmhockey

Looks good... I'm really looking forward to this especially after this trailer.

Posted by Pseudo_Sidious

That game's gona be awesome! I'm totally pumped for it.

Posted by SoothsayerGB

"My Dear Delusional Dark Knight."  Was Joker talking about Batman or the little kids still washed up in the movie hype?  This game looks like trash.  Slow, laggy, and forced.  Game looks like trash.

Posted by JoelTGM

I don't see how a batman game can be good.  So far I'm not interested.

Posted by FreshGalaxy

This...looks...AWESOME! I 100% agree with you Jeff, Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy voicing their respective characters is the way it should BE! Graphics and everything else look amazing as well.

Posted by FoxMulder

Looks promising, although I would still prefer the open world Batman game, but I guess beggers can't be choosers!

Posted by JokerClown88

Looks awesome.  Its seriously the only Batman game that I have ever looked forward to.   Mark Hamil ftw.

Posted by SandwichApoc

It's like I'm watching the Justice League or Batman: The Animated Series all over again. And that is a good sign.

Posted by Pibo47

The only thing...is that i like the Heath ledger sounds joker MUCH better. To bad he's dead. (R.I.P)

Posted by MKHavoc

This game looks like it'll be at least OK.  I think the cover mechanic mentioned in the article may just be used for stealth.  It wouldn't make sense anywhere else in a game like that.

Posted by mrsmiley

Thank God Hamil and Conroy are doing the voices. I wouldn't be able to take this game seriously without that!

Posted by Mattalorian

This is how Batman is supposed to be.

Posted by Jotun

I wasn't very interested in the game until I saw this trailer. I was a huge fan of the animated series that ran in the 90's so it gives me a huge, fonboyish boner to hear those two voice acting those characters.

Definitely keeping my eye on this one.

Posted by NinjaHunter
SoothsayerGB:
You do know Batman was known as the Dark Knight long before the movie, right?
Posted by RHCPfan24

This looks like a good game, and I am very glad to say it :) We need a good Batman game again.

Posted by Hamz

Really looking forward to this game, its sort of got a dark gritty yet clear comic book style to it and obviously Arkham Asylum itself looks absolutely amazing as do the character models. Since when did the Unreal Engine manage to look that good?

Really annoyed by how many folks are slamming the trailer because of Mark Hamill's voice work for the Joker. That surprises me so much because his voice work is exactly how and what I imagine the Joker would and should sound like. The same with Kevin Conroy and his voice work for Batman, its just what I imagine it would be like if they really existed.

The one thing that bothers me is reading up on some previews for when this trailer was released there was mention of some RPG elements and a "detective vision" mode to help you solve puzzles and see through walls etc. Not sure how I'd feel about that in my Batman universe. Otherwise I'm really looking forward to this.

Posted by ThomasP

This game looks sick. A survival game in Arkham Asylum is a treat for true fans of Batman.

Posted by Civraz

This looks really good. Gonna keep my eye on it.

Posted by Duke_Lion

It looks alright I guess.

Posted by Bulldog19892

That looks... awesome!

Posted by BiggerBomb

That looks pretty legit.

Posted by ArclightBorealis

This game looks to be pretty awesome. I especially like that they got the voice overs from the animated series to do Batman and Joker's voices.
I'll be interested to see how it all turns out.

Posted by Brackynews

@FreshGalaxy: Actually it's Brad this time.  Yes I know it's easy to forget the other guys post news on occasion. ;)

Posted by Matches_Malone

This is the game. Looks and sounds the way a Batman adventure should. Also, the Batmobile looks hott.

Posted by spiceninja

Mark Hamill is sounding old and a huge LOL at the Gametap voice over guy doing what looks like Commissioner Gordon's voice.

Posted by CallMeRotten

Ooh hell yeah, I really hope the gameplay will be as good as the visuals (which are damn sexy).

Posted by gamer334

Looks pretty cool. Altough the music seems a little too computerized to be taken very seriously. They should get the Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard soundtrack from The Dark Knight in the game, or at least bits and chunks of it. Still, looks rad though.

Posted by HypotheticalSolution76

I agree, I want to keep an eye on it, because the visuals are great. Just want to see some more gameplay. Maybe we can see Batman using some more gadgets to get around, escape, etc. Maybe it will have multiplayer, or perhaps co-op with Batman and Robin side by side? Ah, probably not.

The best time I had playing a Batman game was the one called Rise of Sin Tzu, I guess because I like that brawling style beat 'em games. Still need to finish it actually...So I hope the combat is kind of like that game, but that's just my opinion.

Posted by IceColdGamer

I'm intrigued, but I won't be buying on Launch day.

Posted by TheHBK

Wow, now i got to look into this.  Mark Hammil And Kevin conroy? Sold.  Though the Joker doesnt sound like he used to.

Posted by Linkyshinks

The graphic style this seems to have looks cool

Posted by PsychoAnalytic01

This game looks amazing...hopefully this game will put Batman back to the gaming glory he deserves and maybe Marvel could learn how to make a decent single Superhero focused game after that horrendous Spiderman Web of Shadows game.

Posted by zityz

For the most part batman games are usually good to play through, starting all the way back with the NES one( i know there were a few BEFORE the nes one but ya know) looks interesting.

Im REALLY glad they got Mark Hamil to do the joker again. say what you will about Ledger's or Nicholson's joker, but Hamil has by far the BEST joker laugh you can get, its so god damn creepy.

Posted by qwaszxjz

I want more gameplay videos :(

Posted by FullMetal_Mac

This game has me interested because they got Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to play Batman and The Joker which is just awesome.

Posted by Venatio

Man that was awesome

Edited by Cirdain

*Sigh* That doesn't look like hair it's more like a clay wigs.

Posted by Quadrifoglio

Woot! Mark Hamill!

Posted by coakroach

Batman!
:D
Eidos?
:(

Posted by Kraznor

Does indeed look promising, though not a fan of the extra long Batman ears. Guess there is precedent for that in the comics buts it just looks kind of weird in 3D.

Posted by rivalbro

A dark theme, plus Joker being an annoyance to Batman, IT HAS ONLY BEGUN!!

I'm getting this just for Joker's dialogues!

Posted by Tortoise

There was an article in Edge about this a month or so back. http://www.edge-online.com/magazine/inside-batman-arkham-asylum

It sounds alright, especially as its an 'original' story, not tied to any particular film. They were implying that batman would be very powerful throughout, which seems logical. Hand to hand he is strong, but weak against guns. There is an element of stealth, but they were phrasing it like you were staying hidden to gain an attack advantage rather than for defensive reasons - ie you would sneak around hunting the enemies to take them one by one. I think you move quite fast doing this, rather than crawling on your belly the whole time.

Posted by The_Icon

Finally a gritty batman game! They are putting Unreal Engine 3 to good use.

Posted by mubress

Hadn't heard anything about this game till now. Having great voice actors is a start, but I will wait to see some actual gameplay before I get really interested though.

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